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Copyright © SMA Architects 2019

Army Aviation Readiness Center 

helena, montana

The Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF), the largest Montana National Guard project in history, is headquarters for the Guard’s helicopter fleet. SMA was selected to provide architectural and engineering services for the AASF base, a complex storage and maintenance hangars, high-tech service shops, offices, classrooms, and training facilities.

 

Among the many “state-of-the-art” systems incorporated into the design are multiple fire suppression systems, infra-red heating and reclamation in the hangars, fully-computerized parts cataloging, six different electrical service types, and computerized hangar service stations. The facility encompasses more than 118,000 sq. ft. of building area, a 50,000 gallon fuel farm, and 20 developed acres for storage, auto and helicopter parking, and circulation.

 

SMA was selected to design the original facility in 1992 and again chosen to expand the AASF’s existing facility for their addition of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter fleet. The phase 1 development added 24,000 sq. ft. of hangar space for servicing the CH-47, relocating 1 bay of the existing cold storage hangar, creating more efficient storage areas, and increasing the overall number of high tech allied shops.

The AASF Phase 2 enlarged the facility by approximately 12,000 sq. ft. Phase 2 provided additional allied shops, state of the art exercise / fitness area, additional administrative space, larger training facilities, and more space for personnel gear, supplies, storage, and distribution of military equipment.